His star point guard boasting a medical chart perhaps best summarized as “banged-up body,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has announced no formal plan for shutting down Tony Parker over the final two weeks of the regular season. But Parker’s teammates aren’t going to be shocked if it happens by default. “I wouldn’t be surprised,” guard Gary Neal said. “Tony and even Manu (Ginobili), it’s going to be hard to get where we want to get — a championship — without those guys being 90 or 100 percent. Coach Pop knows what’s best for the team.”? Parker sat out Saturday’s victory over Atlanta with a sore neck, an injury dating to a March 29 game against the Los Angeles Clippers when DeAndre Jordan caught him with an inadvertent elbow. The Spurs’ leading scorer and assist man also is nursing soreness in his left ankle (sprained March 1), his left shin, both knees and the middle finger on his right hand, which he sprained against Denver on March 27. Ginobili, meanwhile, has missed five consecutive games with a right hamstring strain likely to keep him out the remainder of the regular season. None of Parker’s myriad injuries are considered serious, and Popovich plans to address his availability over the final five games of the regular season on a day-by-day basis. The Spurs do not play again until Wednesday in Denver. “Health-wise, Coach Pop is cautious,” Neal said. “He may have a different opinion of who is ready and who is not ready. As far as everybody being responsible with their injuries and putting in their rehab, I think everybody will be ready to play by the playoffs.” The Block Mamba: Tim Duncan notched four blocks in the 99-97 win over Atlanta, the 14th game this season he’s registered at least that many. Reserve forward Matt Bonner, who matched Duncan with a career-high four blocks himself, disputed the official box score.
Parker’s status day-to-day in closing stretch
San Antonio Express-News | Apr 8